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Camerata Bern

Chant Subscription series concert

Thu, 20 March 2025 19:30 Bern, Casino Bern Steven Isserlis
Direction and Cello

Works by Haydn, Bruch and Arenski

Programme

Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
Symphony No. 26 in D minor Hob. I:26 "Lamentatione"

Joseph Haydn
Cello Concerto No.2 in D major Hob VIIb:2

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Max Bruch (1838–1920)
Kol Nidrei Op. 47 for cello and orchestra

Anton Arenski (1861–1906)
String Quartet No. 2 in A minor Op. 35a, version for string orchestra


Programme with interval
Running time: approx. 2 hours

About the programme

There are two high holidays in this program by Artistic Partner Steven Isserlis. A Kol Nidrei is traditionally sung before the Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. Max Bruch heard this prayer in the Jewish communities of his native Rhineland and adapted its “most splendid melody” (Bruch) into a concert piece for cello and orchestra. 

Haydn's plaintive symphony “Lamentatione” is a formal experiment. It is one of Haydn's few minor-key symphonies and, as a secular work, quotes liturgical melodies and material from traditional Austrian Passion Plays. 

Anton Arenski's second string quartet, reworked as a chamber symphony, is also a lament, written in memory of Arenski’s teacher, Tchaikovsky. The dark tones come from the unusual instrumentation: two cellos instead of two violins. Steven Isserlis then plays Haydn's D major concerto, a bright contrast to this “Lamentatione” program.

Ticket pricing

This concert is also available as part of a subscription

Ticket pricing:
CHF 30.-/ 45.–/ 65.–/ 85.–
CHF 5.– for children and teenagers 18 and under

Discounts (for all categories):
20% for members of the Friends of CAMERATA BERN
50% for young adults aged 19 to 30
30% for KulturLegi cardholders

Kultur-GA: free admission for remaining same-day seats

Refugees (with ID): free admission for remaining same-day seats

Programme booklet

In-depth insights into the concert programme, with detailed descriptions of the works and biographies of participating artists. The evening programme booklet is available (in German only) as a PDF download starting approximately one week before the concert and is distributed free of charge at the concert.

The texts are produced in collaboration with the Institute for Musicology at the University of Bern.

Introductory podcast

Background information and context for the programmes, with musical sneak peeks and sound bites from the performers.

The podcast is available (in German only) from approximately 10 days before the concert.

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